Istanbul Mosaics

January 26, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

Byzantine mosaic flooring

Today we went to the Mosaic Museum. This is Byzantine era mosaic flooring. It is a rather amazing artform. But, I’m always amazed by anything that is more than stick figures, since that is where my own artistic talent begins and ends. Here are some of my favorites.

mosaic bush

This may be just a bush, but it is quite intricate.

mosaic elephant head and front leg

The many subtle shades of grey of this elephant caught my eye.

mosaic monkey with stick attempting to catch birds in a tree

And this one, just ’cause it’s weird. That monkey has a bird on his back. Isn’t that role reversal? The signage explained that this was a “bird catching monkey.” It is connected with an ancient fable.

To see the rest of my photos – http://picasaweb.google.com/kangayayaroo/MosaicMuseum#


One comment

  1. FUN! Mosaics are HARD to make. There is a lot of math involved in making shapes match to mean something.

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